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Sunday feature: Where are those #@$& officials?!

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — We love to boo the officials. They wear those funny black and white shirts and they always make calls for the other team… so we think. When we win, we win. When we lose, it’s always the officials’ fault.

But as much as we love to hate them, the officials are taken for granted for always being there in hopes of implementing an orderly game.

That may be changing. The Kansas State High School Activities Association is facing a crisis that not only is affecting football, but basketball, girls softball and baseball. The state can’t find enough officials to call the games.

Longtime football official Mike Wilmoth was at a Crusader Club meeting the other day, and hammered this point home.

“I was officiating the other night, and I was the second youngest ref on the five-man crew,” said Wilmoth, who is now 60-years-old.

All Central Plains League post season football honor list released

Sumner Newscow report — Conway Springs, which won the Central Plains League championship, had three players on the first team offense and four players on the first team defense of the All-CPL football list released this week.

Belle Plaine had no one on the first team, but two on the second team.

Daniel Becker – Conway Springs.

Daniel Becker was named the defense most valuable player. Jake Burke of Chaparral was the offensive athlete of the year.

Click on the fall list below for a larger version.

Conway Springs Daniel Becker and Zach Mercer named Big Cheese Athletes of the Week

Daniel Becker – Conway Springs.

Zach Mercer – Conway Springs.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Conway Springs seniors Daniel Becker, a 6-3, 250 pound, offensive/defensive lineman and Zach Mercer, a 5-10, 165 pound free safety and running back have been named Big Cheese Athletes of the Week. They helped the Cardinals to a 10-1 record, losing the final game in a heart breaking sectional playoff game, 25-24 to top ranked Phillipsburg.

Becker, who was also named the Central Plains League defensive Most Valuable Player, had a team high 17 tackles for losses, five sacks for 52 yards, and 90 tackles throughout the season.

“He is very athletic, while pulling and leading the way for the team that rushed for 3,705 yards and adding another 500 passing yards,” said Matt Biehler, Conway Springs head football coach. On Friday, Becker had 6.5 tackles against Phillipsburg.

Mercer, who was a first team all-CTL free safety and second team flex player, led the team in tackles with 102. He had 10 pass breakups, two interceptions and two forced fumbles. He also rushed for 662 yards and had eight touchdowns in 2018. On Friday, he had eight solo tackles and rushed for 153 yards on 21 attempts.

For their efforts, Becker and Mercer, are each recipients of a large delicious pizza at Big Cheese at 324 N. Washington in Wellington. 

Three Wellington girls softball players sign letters of intent to 3 colleges in mega-Monday ceremonial event

Brooke McCorkle signs with Mississippi Valley State. (Click photo for larger version).

Jacelyn Buck signs with Louisiana Monroe. (Click on photo for larger version).

Delaney Parkey signs with Bethel College. (Click on photo for larger version).

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It was a party. Usually college athletic scholarship signings are a quaint affair that involves one athlete, the parents, a couple of friends and high school coaches.

On Monday, three Wellington High School girls softball teams simultaneously signed at the same time and it became a social event. There was cake, cookies, punch, family, extended family, lots of friends and the local media and VYPE Magazine.

Meanwhile, three girls are headed to their senior year for the Wellington Crusaders with scholarships in hand.

•Brooke McCorkle, the daughter of Mike and Amber McCorkle, signed with Mississippi Valley State University in Itta Bena, Miss.

•Jacelyn Buck, the daughter of T.D. and Sheila Buck, signed with softball power University of Louisiana-Monroe.

•Delaney Parkey, the daughter of Harold and Holly Parkey, signed with Bethel College in North Newton, Kans.

Missed PATs was Conway Springs demise in Phillipsburg win in Class 2A playoffs

Cardinal Chase Ast makes a catch during a critical drive.  

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — It was the difference in extra points. Phillipsburg converted its PATs, Conway Springs didn’t. And that allowed Phillipsburg to beat Conway Springs 25-24 in the state Class 2A quarterfinal playoffs Friday.

The game was considered the key Class 2A playoff game of the week in Conway Springs, pitting Phillipsburg at No. 1 in K-Preps and Conway Springs ranked No. 3. In the end, Phillipsburg proved its ranking while host Conway Springs season ends with a 10-1 record.

Conway Springs had four touchdowns, but was unable to convert any points after. Phillipsburg had three touchdowns with two PAT kicks, one PAT run, and a field goal to pick up the one-point win, (see game stats here).

Overall, Conway Springs outgained Phillipsburg 371 to 292 yards.

Conway Springs scored on its first possession and led for much of the game.

Featured story: Goddard ends Wellington’s glorious season with second half explosion

Wellington running back Grey Hatfield consoles with head coach Zane Aguilar after Wellington’s tough 28-14 loss.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The “wheels coming off” may not have been an applicable description to what happened Friday night when Goddard defeated Wellington 28-14 in the sectional playoffs.

It was more like the wheels came off, the car veered off the road, went over the cliff, and exploded in a fiery inferno on the rocks below.

Wellington was leading 14-0 and had pretty much dictated the game up until that point.

When the teams came out the second half, Goddard immediately took the opening kickoff and ran it clear to the 26 yard line where Chi Barton made a touchdown saving tackle. Goddard switched out its quarterback and brought in senior Jared Mocaby, who ran twice in to score.

It was a startling change of events, since Wellington’s defense was again in the exact same position right before the half and stopped the Lions on four downs.

“They went to a Wildcat formation and started attacking our edges,” said Zane Aguilar, Wellington head football coach. “We just made a few mistakes and they were able to take advantage of it.”

All 3 Sumner County football teams go down to defeat tonight

Sumner Newscow report — In Sumner County, it is the end of the road for all things high school football. All three Sumner County teams saw their football seasons come to an end in sectional playoff football. Wellington lost to Goddard 28-14 after taking a 14-0 first half lead. Up the road, Conway Springs lost a tough one to No. 1 Phillipsburg 25-24.

And in Attica in an eight-man division 1 matchup, Argonia-Attica lost to Solomon 14-6.

We will have all the details of the games tomorrow morning.

In the meantime, here are the scores of games of interest

Class 4A 

Bishop Miege 55 Louisburg 31

Basehor-Linwood 28 Paola 7

McPherson 62 Arkansas City 28

Goddard 28 Wellington 14.

Class 3A

Conway Springs and Argonia-Attica are slated for big playoff games tonight

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — Conway Springs and Argonia-Attica have two big playoff games this weekend. It will definitely be a test of survival.

Conway Springs hosts Phillipsburg at 6 p.m. Friday in a playoff game that could arguably be between the best two teams in the state. Both are undefeated, but there are four undefeated teams left in Class 2A football.  Phillipsburg is ranked at the top spot by K-preps, and Conway Springs is No. 3.

Another traditional power, Silver Lake is also unbeaten at at No.2 in the rankings.

The teams have met only once before, and that was in a playoff game in 2004. Conway Springs won that one and went on to win one of its seven state titles.

The Cardinals have averaged 43.4 points and have given up an average of 12.1 so far this year. Phillipsburg is also impressive in that department, averaging 48.2 and giving up an average of 9.1.

Crusader preview: Wellington is playing in its biggest game in 14 years when Goddard comes to town

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow   How do you know when the Wellington High School football team has accomplished a milestone?

When they are still playing football in Standard Time. This week the clocks moved back, and the football team headed west to practice at the Wellington Middle School football facilities because it had lights.

“It’s been awhile,” said Zane Aguilar, Wellington head football coach. “I honestly can’t remember the last time we had to go to the middle school.”

That’s not the only milestone Wellington is facing this weekend when it hosts Goddard Friday night in a sectional playoff game.

Let’s see, the Crusaders are playing their third playoff tournament game since 2004. They will be playing their seventh home game, period. Wellington is one of only seven of the 26 Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League teams still playing; that’s a span from Class 6A to 3A. The Crusaders are only one of two AV-CTL D-IV teams still playing (Andale is the other). And Wellington is getting all kinds of statewide love in the media.

WHS sophomore Payton Ginter named 4A second team All State in girls golf

Payton Ginter

Sumner Newscow report — Wellington High School sophomore Payton Ginter was named to the 2018 4A second team All State in girls golf by the Wellington Golf Coaches Association. Ginter shot an 18, placing her tied for 13th place out of 90-plus golfers from around the state. 

2018 South Central Border All-League volleyball selections announced

Sumner Newscow report — The 2018 South Central Border All-League Volleyball list is as follows:

First Team:

Cora Vineyard , Argonia

Taylor Hopper, Udall

Cari Brown, Flinthills

Corbin Goodson, Udall

Baylee Booker, Argonia

Ivy Berline, Caldwell

Sarah Hinnen, Flinthills

Second Team:

Wellington’s Adrienne Norris named to the first team all-league AVCTL-DIV volleyball list

Adrienne Norris

Sumner Newscow report — Adrienne Norris, a Wellington High School senior, was named on the first team of the 2018 All Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. IV volleyball list.

Norris, which helped Wellington to a 19-17 record, was one of seven girls selected to the first team. The list was selected by member coaches.

Junior Crusader Jennifer Jensen was named on the second team. There were no other Wellington girls selected.

Gracie VanDriel of Rose Hill was named the AV-CTL DIV player of the year and Kaylie Bergkamp of Andale was named coach of the year. The full all-league list and the league standings are as follows:

Wellington’s Washington and Ledbetter are named co-Big Cheese Athletes of the Week

De’Andre Washington

Michael Ledbetter

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — This week we are doing a double take for Big Cheese athletes. Wellington seniors Michael Ledbetter and De’Andre Washington are named co-athletes of the week.

Ledbetter, a Wellington senior quarterback, and Washington, a senior wide receiver, connected for 127 yards on nine pass receptions Friday night in Wellington’s huge 14-13 playoff victory in front of a packed Sellers Park stadium. Ledbetter and Washington scored on a 26-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter. Ledbetter would score on a quarterback scramble from the 1 in the fourth, and Washington snagged an interception in the final minute of the game.

For both of their efforts, Ledbetter and Washington will each receive a FREE large delicious pizza at Big Cheese Pizza at 324 N. Washington. 

Conway Springs and Argonia-Attica advance in playoffs; host opponents Friday

By James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — Both Conway Springs and Argonia-Attica were winners in playoff games Friday night, and both will host quarterfinal round games next Friday in the Kansas High School football playoffs.

Conway Springs beat Chaparral 21-14, and will host No. 1 Phillipsburg next week. Conway Springs is ranked No. 3 in Class 2A, and both teams are unbeaten. Of the eight teams remaining in Class 2A, four are unbeaten. See Class 2A West Bracket here.

Argonia-Attica beat Udall 42-36 in Udall, and will host Solomon next Friday. Neither team is ranked by K-Preps. Argonia -Attica is now 6-3 and Solomon is 8-1. See Class 8-man Div. 1 bracket here.

Conway Springs beats Chaparral

Wellington takes down Buhler 14-7 in defensive slugfest, Goddard is next

DeAndre Washington caught nine passes for 127 yards. (Photos by Dustin Craig). 

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington football team has reached the Class 4A quarterfinals for the first time since 2004 in as improbable run as anyone could have expected when this season started.

Wellington defeated Buhler 14-7, and it took every bit of the 48 minutes to do so. In fact, the clock was at 0:00 when Buhler lined up for a 4-yard attempt for a game-tying touchdown which was almost like a two-point conversion.

Buhler’s quarterback Colton Goans would scramble left and threw into a sea of football players only to find Wellington defender Chi Barton on the other end snagging the game-winning interception. Wellington had survived a miracle finish.

A huge crowd was on hand to watch one of the best high school games at Sellers Park in years.

It is hard to describe the final minute of play that is a story in itself. Wellington had taken just taken what appeared to be a game-winning touchdown when quarterback Michael Ledbetter had scrambled in from the 1 to break a 7-all stalemate that had lasted for more than two quarters.

Wellington advances to the Class 4A quarterfinals to host Goddard next week

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington football team has reached the Class 4A quarterfinals with a 14-7 victory over Buhler, Friday evening in quite simply one of the most exciting games played at Sellers Park in years.

Wellington will now host Goddard in the sectional playoffs. The game will be Friday at 7 p.m. at Sellers Park. Of the 32 teams playing in Class 4A only eight are left. Goddard defeated Andover Central 21-7. The Crusaders will have their work cut out for them.

Nevertheless, Friday was an amazing game. We will have the full story tomorrow. In the meantime, enjoy the video above, with the Class 4A bracket and the game statistics below:

Wellington-Buhler live twitter feed, sectional playoff scores…

Crusader preview: It is getting real when Wellington plays Buhler in Regional playoff action

It will be Wellington vs. Buhler, and the debut of Wellington’s new historical Sellers Park that was erected today. (Click on image for larger version).

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — How’s that saying go? “It is about to get real.”

The implications will be huge Friday night at Sellers Park. Wellington hosts Buhler in a regional playoff tilt. C’mon Wellington fans – show up and get vocal. You were a bit sparse and quiet last week.

The Crusaders from up north know a little bit about winning playoff football games. They are just two years removed from playing Bishop Miege for the Class 4A state championship. They lost to McPherson last year in overtime 15-14 in a game in which the Bullpups pulled off a trick play on a two-point conversion at the end of regulation to win.

In the past five years, Buhler has gone 13-1, 9-3, 10-1, 11-2, and 7-3. They have qualified for the state playoffs for 14 consecutive years.

This year it heads into the Wellington game with a 5-4 record. The north Crusaders were not supposed to be that good going into this season. They had no returning starters from last year’s playoff team. They were 2-3 after losing to Mulvane and McPherson in consecutive weekends.

And yet here they are. They are getting better by the week.

Zane Cornejo has been named Big Cheese Athlete of the Week

Zane Cornejo

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Zane Cornejo, a junior linebacker for the Wellington football team, has been named Big Cheese Athlete of the Week.

Cornejo helped Wellington to a 38-13 victory over Rose Hill in the week #9 bracket game held at Sellers Park Friday. His fumble recovery midway in the second quarter when he stripped a Rose Hill receiver after a catch at its own 10, led to a Crusaders defensive touchdown. That gave Wellington a double-digit lead, and pretty much ended all hopes for Rose Hill to pull off the upset.

For his performance, Cornejo is the recipient of a large FREE delicious pizza at Big Cheese Pizza at 324 N. Washington. 

Busload of Wellington Rec fans go see the Chiefs beat the Broncos; and social media is ablaze for it

Wellington Rec group watches Chiefs beat the Broncos. (Click on photo for larger version)

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It is an annual event the Wellington Recreation Commission sponsors. Once a year, a group of avid Kansas City Chief fans and their opponent’s fans — this year being the Denver Broncos — head to Arrowhead Stadium to watch an NFL football game.

This year’s group saw the Chiefs defeat the Broncos, barely and luckily, 30-23. It was a great time.

One of the people on the bus, Jason Helpingstine and his 9-year-old son became social media sensations inadvertently.

The woman “Kristen”  was sitting in the row behind him and was filming the Tomahawk Chop when she caught the boy in Broncos gear doing the Chief chant and Helpingstine telling him not to so, as any good Bronco fan would. She put it on the social media sites Facebook and Twitter, and it took off all across the nation. 

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